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Energy Drain

Saturday, March 11, 2017

They always say that exercising gives you energy. I'm waiting for that to start happening. Every time I work out, I get super tired. Say I'm walking around my neighborhood... I start yawning as I'm walking!!! It's like the harder I exercise, the more tired I get. I never get that "exercise high" that I hear so much about. Maybe it's because I'm not consistent, maybe it's because I need to lose more weight before I can start feeling better. Who knows? All I know is that it doesn't happen for me.

Speaking of exercise, I've been eating great all week but I haven't exercised at all. My schedule changes weekly, thanks to someone's brilliant idea to work days, evenings, and mids week after week with rotating days off. (Complicated I know, don't get me started...) When I work days, which I'm doing this week, it seems like it's hard to get motivated after work to walk. When I work evenings or mids, I don't seem to have a problem getting up before work and getting a workout in. Just shows I am not a morning person. When I work days, I have to be at work at 6am and I can't, for the life of me, get myself to wake up at 4am to workout.

This is my first real week, since learning of the concert I got surprised with, that I've started eating healthy. I've had a couple of slips in the morning on my way to work... I pass a Dunkin and it's my weakness. I love bagels and cream cheese! But for the most part, I've been grazing on healthy snacks throughout the day and eating protein packed, healthy lunches. My husband and I went grocery shopping and got things like baby carrots, cauliflower (which I eat with hummus instead of dressing now), tuna, and crackers. That's not it, but I don't want to list my entire grocery list LOL. Anyway, I've been doing good with that. I will say that I miss feeling "full." I never liked being miserably stuffed but that feeling of being sated, I kind of miss that. I fill up with the carrots, salads, and what not but it's not the same. And last night, my mom took my son for the weekend and my first thought was, "we don't have my son, my husband and I should go out to eat." It was such a strong temptation. I love food! I wish I didn't but I am a foodie. (Just for the record, we did not go out). I wonder if the temptation will ever go away. I assume it will be just like most things, if I give it time, it'll get easier.
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    April you have made tremendous progress and are losing weight so obviously you are pushing forward and your determination are paying off. I know the concert you and your friend have planned is great motivation. We all need to pay attention to that, sometimes it takes something more to keep us pedaling for sure. emoticon
    1436 days ago
  • NMUTT71
    I don't get that energy burst either after a workout but I do get a feeling of accomplishment and pride in myself for doing it. There are times I have to "talk myself into it" but I am always glad I did when I am through.
    I love to eat too, especially bread and pasta. Comes with being Italian I guess. I also love going out to eat because it gets very tiring trying to figure out what to cook when your time is so limited that I end up cooking the same things over and over and it gets old. I like that most restaurants now list the calories on the menu so it is easier to find a lower calorie option.
    1447 days ago
  • BLUEJAY1969
    1449 days ago
    I am right there on food. In lieu of eating out we prefer when we have time to buy foods that we don't normally buy like more expensive meats or seafood steamed
    1449 days ago
    You and I have so much in common when it comes to missing that full feeling, not feeling energized by exercising and not getting that "high" that others are fortunate to feel. I do sometimes get small bursts of energy now and then, but never when I really need it, like while I'm working out. I, like you, am waiting for all of this to kick in so I can finally enjoy and take pride in the changes I've made in my life. I guess it's gonna take a little longer than either of us anticipated.
    Kudos for your healthy snacking. Keep trying to find time to get your walks in.
    Keep up the good work.
    1450 days ago
    I'm the same I have such a hard time finding motivation to work out ugh and the food! I'm actually going through withdrawal from all the crap food I use to eat.
    1450 days ago
    I am a food junkie too. It gets easier to control, but the magicvword is control. We must always be in charge.
    1450 days ago
    Check out the Spark article on what to eat pre- and post- workout. This might help your energy levels. Are you getting enough healthy protein?
    1450 days ago
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